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  1. This vinyl or rubberized fabric bandolier was designed to be used with the XM-1 LGH (launched grapnel hook) fired from the M79. The pockets on the front held 6 XM688 rocket propulsion cartridges and the large pocket held the grapnel hook and associated climbing equipment. One of the cartridges is seen at the lower right corner of the photo. The XM-1 was tested in the 1969-1974 period and worked fairly well after a few bugs were worked out. It could launch a 5/16" nylon climbing rope a couple hundred feet at 45 degrees elevation and above a 100 ft. cliff at 75 degrees. I have test reports but have no idea if it ever got fielded with the Special Forces units it was designed for. I haven't seen one but am curious if there are any survivors out there in collections.
  2. I think most of the sights that actually went overseas were the early models marked T59E3. They are otherwise almost identical to the M15 but the carrying pouch is shorter and lacks the belt hook of the later type. I should have some production data in my files but am away from home for the SOS.
  3. While we're on the subject, here is the corresponding Ord 8 SNL B-9 from 1943. Note the simplified manufacturer part numbers are the only ones listed for identification and ordering purposes. The whole series of commercial shotguns pressed into service early in WWII, especially the various non-standard types of the Blanket Procurement Program, didn't fit well in the system of Ordnance Stock and Part numbers. It seems it took some time to work it all out.
  4. Oops, not as late as I remembered, actually from 1948. Here is the cover and appropriate page.
  5. It's in the 1950s editions of the Ord 8 or Ord 9 for commercial shotguns. Not handy while at work but if you need the exact title and date I'll post it tonight. I'd forgotten until I looked last night that the wartime editions of the shotgun parts SNLs do not use the normal parts numbering system of the period. They instead used a company prefix (like Rem for Remington) and a number for the part.
  6. The part number is B009-73-10579. It's the magazine tube for the Remington Model 11.
  7. Outstanding Frank. Thanks for weighing in on this!
  8. I'm pretty sure the current marking scheme translation on these would indicate they were loaded at the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant near Texarkana, TX in 2006. I believe the C stands for the month of production (March) and the remaining numbers are the assigned lot number.
  9. Yes, the body has the fragmentation coining inside. The easy way to spot that is to look at the bottom of the body. The impressed frag coining always shows through as seen in the photo below. It is a 2009 loaded piece, which is the earliest I'm aware of the confidence clip being added. I'm still trying to figure out who "STL" is, the loading facility where the Comp B filler was added and the markings applied. If anyone knows, please add it to the conversation. Google searches for STL are pretty pointless trying to wade through the millions of St. Louis results.
  10. The bodies on those are nicely done but are replicas. I recently found a current inert M67 for the collection after an 8 or 9 year search. Late issue types are very hard to find. I think the M67 now ranks as our longest serving standard fragmentation grenade, entering the inventory around 1960-61. They didn't appear in Vietnam until 1969 as the roll-coined fragmentation design (part of the controlled fragmentation, or COFRAM, program) was classified and the Army didn't want to reveal the technology to the enemy on the battlefield. The secrecy was mainly assigned to various air dropped and artillery submunitions being developed but the basic M33/M67 grenade was lumped in there as well. In addition to the confidence clip, the latest versions issued have had the stenciled markings moved to the top surface of the body. This was done because the troops in the field would continually wrap tape around the body and spoon as an added safety feature. When the tape was removed, the nomenclature markings would be removed as well. And by regulation, if the markings are illegible, the item becomes unserviceable.
  11. I don't remember for sure as I've had it for many years. Pre-Ebay for sure. I think it came from a Manion's Auction in the 90s.
  12. I don't think I've posted this before and have never seen another like it. It is a one piece stainless canteen made via spinning or other forming process including rolled threads at the mouth. The markings are weak on the bottom but are "US, R.S.E., 1945". Any others like this in collections? Thanks.
  13. I thought you would appreciate it. Definitely one of the most unusual U.S. manuals in the collection. I really wonder if any ex-U.S. or British issue split window beetles survive today.
  14. Just noticed this interesting thread. Thanks for posting Brian. Here are a few scans of the original U.S. Beetle manual in my library.
  15. I have a dozen or so.
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